Delta Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit For Landing

HighSpeedClimb

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A Delta Air Lines jet ended its flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas on Thursday with its captain locked out of the cockpit, the airline said.
The pilot, who was not identified, left the cockpit prior to the final landing approach of Delta flight 1651 but "was not able to re-enter the flight deck because of a door jam," the airline said in a statement explaining the mishap.
The first officer of the plane, which was carrying 160 passengers, took control and landed the aircraft safely at McCarran Airport, without further incident, the airline said.
"A commercial aircraft can be landed with one pilot at the control and Delta pilots are fully trained to do so if the situation were to occur," Delta said in its statement.
But FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency declared an emergency for the Delta crew when the mishap occurred and would be investigating the incident.
Delta said the cockpit door would be evaluated by airline maintenance technicians.
 

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Some guys will do about anything to get some PIC time. :D

"Dumb" question? Couldn't the F O set the parking brake, switch seats and take the tiller to taxi?
 

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Must be in the left seat to set the parking brake in an MD
 

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No, its all about the block time.


Darn right!

But also, why take the liability of a task you were not "trained" to do? Yes, 99% of FOs could taxi the aircraft just fine, but really no need. In my experience, you are not always rewarded for being resourceful.
 

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I love storys like this. Just another example why a minimum of 2 pilots are needed in every flight deck. There have been quite a few storys like this over the past year or two.
 

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Heard it was Jenny, went to the galley to get another chocolate sundae. Door was unlocked but after consuming another sundae her fat arse wouldn't fit thru! :laugh:
 

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Heard it was Jenny, went to the galley to get another chocolate sundae. Door was unlocked but after consuming another sundae her fat arse wouldn't fit thru! :laugh:

Freeturd, before you do your FA interview, you may want to figure out when ice cream sundaes are given, and on which plane types. Ah heck, just apply to PSA and be an FA on their new CR9s. Go for it dude! Good luck!



Bye Bye---General Lee
 

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LOL easy Jenny, don't take it so seriously man. After all, this is an anonymous board right?
 

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LOL easy Jenny, don't take it so seriously man. After all, this is an anonymous board right?

That's true. But if you're gonna be a good FA, you need to take your future training seriously. Good luck to you.


Bye Bye---General Lee
 

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You guys are hilarious. :D
 

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Heard it was Jenny, went to the galley to get another chocolate sundae. Door was unlocked but after consuming another sundae her fat arse wouldn't fit thru! :laugh:

That's assuming he's a real pilot. The only thing I can think of that would come close to comparing him to this scenario is him getting locked out of his house after an ice cream run to McDonald's while he has a flightsim running from ATL to DUS.
 

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Interesting dilemma- land from the right seat, or hop into the left for the tiller, parking brake, etc? I'd feel kinda dumb, siting in the middle of the runway, holding the brakes and waiting for Supertug. . . . I'd want to at least clear the active and not stink up the place. :D

More importantly, was there a wind-check received? ;)
 

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I'm curious what a hop from the right seat to the left would look like in an MD90, inflight, with an FA in the cockpit. Sounds like near certain disaster.
 

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I've had to spend half of my sim time in the opposite seat . . . It might not have been "pretty", but it was never "disastrous". ;)
 

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I've had to spend half of my sim time in the opposite seat . . . It might not have been "pretty", but it was never "disastrous". ;)

Ha, I meant the physical movement/acrobatics across the cockpit.
 

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What was the cause for the Delta pilot that almost put one down onto Riverdale in ATL? Anyone care to expound?
 
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